Eli (ee-lie) is a 4yo that we rescued a month ago. First pic is the day we got him, the rest are from yesterday (about 2 weeks after starting his new job). His last race was Feb of this year, and he raced 21 times total, with only one win. I guess he was a slow poke!!
From Feb to July, he lived in someone's back yard in a trailer park in a very small stall with one other horse next to him. There were also probably over 100 chickens there in cages. He had literally zero turnout during that time, and was only taken out a couple times to pony around the owner's children. He had no medical or farrier work done and came to us with a shoe still on from his last race... On his head, his skin was nearly rotting away where the leather halter sat for 5 months straight. Not to mention the rain rot everywhere else. I'm pretty sure he never got hosed off. They gave us a bag of grain when we took him, and we found rat poop in it. Poor Eli! He was so sluggish and his muscles were so atrophied that we thought he had EPM (test came back negative, THANK GOD). After seeing all this, we couldn't just leave him there, and forked over the 400 bucks the guy was asking for him.
Ok enough of the sad part of the story!!! Eli has turned out to be one in a million. I still can't believe he's a 4yo race horse! He has done a 180 and has become the sweetest, calmest, most willing boy we have at our barn. He's incredibly smart; I only have to teach him something once, and it doesn't take very long at that! In only 2 weeks of riding, he's completely lost the urge to run, and I've yet to see him spook. All it took was a little TLC, kindness, and a firm, gentle hand. I look forward to many years with this wonderful horse
I love OTTBs!!!!!!